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Gene Simmons Addresses KISS Retirement Speculation

KISS made headlines recently when it was learned that the band had filed an application to trademark the phrase "The End Of The Road", which lead some to speculate that the band was planning to launch a farewell tour.

Cofounder Gene Simmons addressed the move during a Q&A session during his Vault Experience event this past weekend in New York City that was put on to promote his new massive box set.

Simmons had the following to say when asked about the application, "I had nothing to do with that. I really don't know who stuck it on there, and I don't know if it's a fan or somebody in the band. I would tell you the truth. I literally don't know anything about it." Read more here.

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Stone Temple Pilots Singer Explains Why He Doesn't Copy Scott Weiland

Stone Temple Pilots new frontman Jeff Gutt has explained in a new interview why he has decided not to copy a signature live move of the band's late iconic frontman Scott Weiland.

Gutt, who rose to fame as a contestant on the reality signing competition show The X Factor and bassist Dean DeLeo sat down for an interview with WEBN radio in Cincinnati. When asked why he has not adopted Weiland famed use of a megaphone during live performances of the classic song "Dead & Bloated", Gutt explained, "There's a guy with a button behind the curtain somewhere that can megaphone my voice.

"There's a lot of things that were special to Scott, and that he was very innovative in, and that's just one of those things that is probably better left with him." Stream the full interview here.

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Judas Priest Tipton Jam Brought Band To Tears

Judas Priest recently surprised fans by brining out guitarist Glenn Tipton to perform with them during their encore at last Tuesday (March 20th) show in New Jersey and Tipton says it was very emotional for the fans and the band.

Tipton stepped away from performing live with the band due to his battle with Parkinson's Disease but made a surprise appearance with the band at the New Jersey stop of their current North American tour where he performed the classic tracks "Metal Gods", "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight" with the band.

Glenn was asked about during an interview and said, "It's just amazing to get, first of all, support from the band. The texts and emails from all over world, and to hear the audience was very emotional. You don't like to see a grown man cry, but we did." Check out the full interview here.

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Def Leppard Kicking Off Box Set Series This Spring

The Def Leppard camp have announced that they will be launching a new box set series that cover their entire career and they will be kicking things off on June 1st with the release of Volume One.

The first box set will be offered in traditional CD and a limited edition 180 gram vinyl configuration and will include the band's first four studio albums (On through The Night", "High 'n' Dry", "Pyromania" and "Hysteria".

The 8 vinyl LP and 7 CD sets will also feature bonus live and studio material, according to the announcement that was compiled by frontman Joe Elliot, including rare B-sides and early recordings and for the first time on vinyl the "Live At The LA Forum 1983" recording which will be offered on two LPs with new sleeve.

The collection will also include the band's debut The Def Leppard E.P. as well as a hardback book with rare photos by longstanding band confidant Ross Halfin and liner notes by Classic Rock's Paul Elliott. Pre-orders are available here.

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Collective Soul, 3 Doors Down, Soul Asylum Announce Summer Tour

3 Doors Down and Collective Soul have announced that they are teaming up this summer for The Rock & Roll Express Tour across North American that will also include Soul Asylum on select dates.

The outing is scheduled to kick off on July 6th in Atlanta, GA at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre and will be wrapping up on September 16th in Phoenix, AZ at the Comerica Theatre.

3 Doors Down singer Brad Arnold shared his excitement, "Soul Asylum, Collective Soul and 3 Doors Down, that's a big night of hits!! I'm looking forward to hopping on 'The Rock & Roll Express' this summer, gonna be fun!"

Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland added, "It's going to be an exciting summer! Not only are we going to be out with a great band, but also some great friends. I look forward to seeing everyone come out and rock with us, 3 Doors Down and Soul Asylum." See the dates here.

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Steely Dan Announce Full Album Performance Residency Shows

Steely Dan have announced that they will be returning to the Beacon Theatre in New York City this fall for a new residency where they will be performing some of their albums in full.

The nine-night residency will be kicking off on October 17th and will include full album performances of the following records of different nights: Countdown to Ecstasy (1973), The Royal Scam (1976), Aja (1977), Gaucho (1980), plus Donald Fagen's solo album The Nightfly (1982).

They will also be playing shows that will feature By Popular Demand" and "Greatest Hits" and each show will include some additional songs from the group and Fagen's vast catalog. here.

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Yes Announce North American 50th Anniversary Tour Details

Prog legends Yes have announced the details for their upcoming North American summer tour of North America which they are launching to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

The #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of Yes tour is scheduled to launch with a two night stand at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL on June 5th and 6th and will wrap up on July 28th in Atlanta, GA at the Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Guitarist Steve Howe had the following to say, "Much has changed since I joined Yes in 1970, but the core elements of the band have remained consistent. We want to mark this anniversary with a tour that encompasses some of our best-loved work and revisit a few classic pieces that have been lost for a while. We look forward to sharing the 50th anniversary with the fanbase, playing classic songs that celebrate the broad musical style of Yes." Read more including dates here.

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David Bowie Statue Unveiled At Ziggy Stardust Debut Site

(Radio.com) Two years after his death at age 69, David Bowie's likeness has taken an eternal form in the British town of Aylesbury, where he first introduced his Ziggy Stardust character.

Renderings for the bronze statue "Earthly Messenger" were revealed last spring and over the weekend, the statue was unveiled to the public. The statue depicts a conservatively dressed Bowie standing upright and glancing to his left at a cascade of Bowie personas. Glam rock styles, '80s looks and late career images are referenced in the panoply of Bowies on display. A large, three-dimensional Ziggy Stardust bursts from the center, microphone in hand.

Bowie first introduced Ziggy at the town's Friars venue. Music promoter David Stopps (who worked at Friars) raised funds for the statue via Kickstarter. 'When he left us in January 2016, there was an amazing immediate outpouring of emotion in the town about it," Stopps said in a statement. 'We thought we must do something as a monument for the town and David Bowie." See the unveiling and images of "Earthly Messenger" here.

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Rush Release 'A Farewell To Kings' Video

(hennemusic) Rush have released a lyric video for the title track to the expanded 40th anniversary reissue of their 1977 album, "A Farewell To Kings." The band's fifth record delivered classic tracks like "Closer To The Heart", "Cinderella Man" and "Xanadu" while peaking at No. 33 on the US Billboard 200.

Issued last December, the 40th Anniversary package is available in four configurations: the Super Deluxe Edition, three-CD Deluxe Edition, four-LP Deluxe Edition, and the Deluxe Digital Edition.

The 3CD/1Blu-ray Audio CD/4LP Super Deluxe Edition presents the 2015 remastered edition of the album for the first time on CD, a complete Rush concert recorded at London's Hammersmith Odeon in February 1978, four newly-recorded cover versions of songs from the original album by Dream Theater, Big Wreck, The Trews and Alain Johannes; and an instrumental studio outtake of the spacey sound effects the band has creatively titled "Cygnus X-2 Eh".

The Super Deluxe Edition's audio content on its CDs is duplicated on its vinyl discs. Meanwhile, the Blu-ray Audio disc contains a brand new 5.1 surround mix of the album by four-time Grammy nominated surround sound producer Steven Wilson, along with three original 1977 promo videos from a newly found 2-inch quad video master significantly improving the video quality for "Closer To The Heart". The Super Deluxe package also includes a new 40th anniversary cover treatment by longtime Rush creative director Hugh Syme, and an extensive 12,000-word liner notes by Grammy-winning rock historian Rob Bowman. Read more and watch the video

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Needtobreathe Announce North American Tour

Needtobreathe have announced that they are hitting the road this summer for a North American tour in support of their forthcoming release "Forever On Your Side (Niles City Sound Sessions)".

The new collection, featuring the brand new single "Bridges Burn", is set to be released on July 13th and the band will be launching their supporting Forever On Your Side Tour on August 10th.

The trek will visit 37-cities beginning with New Braunfels, Texas at the Whitewater Amphitheater with the tour set to conclude on October 7th at the Volvo Car Stadium in Daniel Island, S.C. Read more including the dates here.

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Lana Del Rey Hints Legal Battle With Radiohead May Be Over

(Radio.com) Lana Del Rey's legal battle with Radiohead over her song "Get Free" may be over. When fans requested she play the song during a performance on Sunday (March 25) at Lollapalooza in Sao Paolo, Brazil, the singer suggested that her legal troubles are a thing of the past.

According to Billboard, when fans began chanting for her to play "Get Free" during her encore set she obliged. "Now that my lawsuit's over, I guess I can sing that song anytime I want, right?" the singer said.

"It's true about the lawsuit," Lana wrote back in January. 'Although I know my song wasn't inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing - I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court."

Radiohead's publisher, Warner/Chappell, subsequently released a statement clarifying their part in the situation. Read it here.

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Steve Miller Band Release 'Stranger Blues' Live Video

(hennemusic) The Steve Miller Band are streaming a live performance video of the Elmore James track, "Stranger Blues", with Peter Frampton as a preview to the pair's summer US tour.

The duo teamed up on the late bluesman's 1962 single in Costa Mesa, CA on a joint trek last year that went so well that they decided to head out again in 2018.

"Music is ethereal - it moves back and forth between the past and the future," says Miller. "I'm very excited to announce that 2018 is our 50th anniversary of recording and touring together as the Steve Miller Band, and we plan to travel between the psychedelic sixties through the future with a vengeance!"

Frampton will again join Miller onstage for some mid-set jamming for the three-month summer 2018 tour, which will begin in Evansville, IN on June 12. Ahead of the summer series, Miller and Frampton will perform a handful of shows in western Canada and the US that also includes Miller's appearance on the final day of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Sunday, May 6. Watch the video and see the dates here.

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Rob Zombie Releases Astro-Creep: 2000 Live Preview Video

(hennemusic) Rob Zombie is streaming a video preview of "Astro-Creep: 2000 Live" ahead of its release on March 30. The project captures the rocker performing the 1995 White Zombie album of the same name in its entirety at Riot Fest Chicago in 2016.

"Astro-Creep: 2000" was the fourth and final studio album by the band Zombie co-founded in New York in 1985 with his girlfriend at the time, bassist Sean Yseult.

Aided by success of the single, "More Human Than Human", the group's best-selling record peaked at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 2 million copies. Following their 1998 breakup, the singer launched his solo career the same year with "Hellbilly Deluxe."

Zombie's latest studio album was 2016's "The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser", which debuted and peaked at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200.

Zombie is teaming up with Marilyn Manson for a North America run this summer on a trek billed as The "Twins Of Evil - The Second Coming Tour." here.

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The Cars Streaming Demo Of Classic Hit 'Shake It Up'

(hennemusic) The Cars are streaming a previously-unheard demo of the title track to their 1981 album, "Shake It Up", as a preview to the March 30 release of an expanded edition of the project.

The Boston outfit reportedly struggled with the tune for years before giving it one more look while working on their fourth album. "It never sounded good," noted drummer David Robinson in the group's 1985 biography Frozen Fire. "We'd dumped it, and we were going to try it one more time, and I was fighting everybody. So we thought, let's start it all over again, like we'd never even heard it."

The lead single from "Shake It Up" earned the group their first US Top 10 hit when it reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the album peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 2 million copies in the country.

Available on CD, 2LP and digital formats, the latest addition to The Cars' reissue series presents the original album alongside rare and unreleased songs, including demos, remixes and studio outtakes. Stream the demo here.

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Nightwish Announce Decades Tour Of UK

Nightwish have announced a new leg of their world tour in support of their recently released best of album "Decades". The group has revealed plans for a winter tour of the UK.

The three date 'Decades: UK 2018' tour will be kicking off on December 8th in London at The SSE Arena, Wembley and will include stops in Birmingham (Dec 10) and Manchester (Dec 11).

The trek will mark the group's first tour of the UK since 2012 and will feature support from the band Beast In Black, which is led by former Battle Beast guitarist Anton Kabanen. See the dates here.

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Pearl Jam And Red Hot Chili Peppers Jams Go Online

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam were joined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer for the Neil Young classic, "Rockin' In The Free World", during the band's March 21 show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and video from the event is streaming online.

The tune marked the finale of the concert at Estádio do Maracană, which also saw Klinghoffer in the lineup for the Seattle rockers' 1991 track "Alive." The two acts have been crossing paths on the Lollapalooza circuit in South America this month, with appearances in Chile, Argentina and Brazil.

Ahead of the series, Pearl Jam issued a new single, "Can't Deny Me", to their Ten Club members a few days in advance of its official release earlier this month as a preview to their first new studio album in five years.

A series of European dates will kick off in June before the band begins a brief run of select US stadiums in August. Watch both videos here.

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Rise Against And AFI Announce North American Tour

(Radio.com) Rise Against is hitting the road. The Chicago band is teaming up with AFI and special guests Anti-Flag to rock across the North American continent for a summer tour.

The trek is scheduled to kick off in Canada, with Rise Against playing the 77 Montreal festival in Montreal on July 27 before heading to Toronto with AFI and Anti-Flag on July 28.

Along the way, Rise Against will hit up their hometown of Chicago to open for Fall Out Boy at Wrigley Field on Sept. 8. The tour wraps up Sept. 30 in Irvine, CA. See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Dynamos' Knowledge

Dynamos have just released a music video fro their brand new single "Knowledge" and to celebrate we asked frontwoman Nadia to tell us the story behind the track and the new clip. Here is the story:

"Knowledge" is a song about someone very close to you not knowing who you truly are. That person, obliviously, cannot see you, as you understand yourself to be. The second person narrative of the lyrics expresses your awareness of the other's unawareness of the deeper you.

When I read the lyrics to "Knowledge" it was at a time when I was having a falling out with my best friend. Every word applied perfectly to what I was going through with her at the time. I literally could say "there's a lot you don't know about me"!

The first time we practiced the song, the instruments started off with the bass guitar setting a "Hand Jive" beat that stuck. We wanted to keep the development of "Knowledge" as organic and simple as possible, so we constructed a modified 12 bar blues format and, "voila", "Knowledge".

The recording process was very fun and smooth. We were rhythmically constant during each take, thanks to the orchestration of the song. It was one of the easiest times had in the studio. It was nice to have it done faster than expected. We got to enjoy longer lunches together because we finished early!

The video shoot for "Knowledge" was a great experience! One thing I loved about the shoot was being able to work in costume and have the whole day feel like a live show, which, in actuality, it was! When the camera is on, we're on live and "Knowledge" gets us going fast!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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